This 159 Series Lenci doll was made in 1924, she reminds me of little Shirley Temple, who was not even born yet at the time this doll was created. In the slide show above you can see an original black and white Lenci factory photo of the prototype model that was used for registration purposes. In the factory photo you will notice white dots one on each cheek and one at the tip of the nose. These white dots are highlights that have all but faded in the doll in the present day color photo of the same model doll - click on picture above to change the image. This type of highlight was widely used in the early dolls made up to 1925, if you have an early Lenci doll you might be able to detect a trace of the original highlight marks - the first time I saw white mark like this on a Lenci doll I thought it was a blemish or a faded spot, but seeing the original factory pictures has cleared it up. These highlights create a sense of depth and contour when seen from a distance. Continue reading
Welcome to the new blog for The Lenci Doll Collector website. Its several years now since I started The Lenci Doll Collector website at lenci-dolls.com. When started I did not know much about making websites but I was driven by my desire to share the information I had gathered about the famous Lenci Dolls of Italy that were made in the 1920's and 30's, back in the Scavini years,when the earliest, rarest and most famous Lenci dolls were made.
There was a lack of information on the web so I decided to make a website. I had found an old Lenci Catalog with pages I had never seen before - that was the Ars Lenci Ultime Novita Catalog of 1925 I began by learning to code some html and using notepad I put some basic pages together and still to this day the pages at lenci-dolls.com are all hand written using notepad. Generous fellow collectors donated copies of rare Lenci catalog pages and many others have shared their expertise and knowledge for which I am very grateful.
It is long overdue for me to add a wordpress blog using the latest wordpress technology so I can more easly add new content and site visitors can comment if they wish.
So I hope you find the blog useful you are welcome to add your comment and feedback.